I got up early this morning, which was a major deal because I was kept up last night by a loud party down the street. When we’re in Santa Barbara we live about 0.4 miles from Oprah on the same street she lives on. You probably read about her big fund raiser last night for Barack Obama. Well, it was loud (especially Stevie Wonder) and mildly annoying. Anyway, I got up early and dealt with ALL the comments that have been stacking up. So, if you’ve had a comment languishing in comment Purgatory, it’s now up. Sorry for the delay, but I’ve been covered up with other projects. I’ll try to do better.
Here is a an article in the LA Times by Matt Welch, one of the bloggers I read daily. Matt writes for the Times, but he also has a quirky blog on the stuff that interests him along with insider Los Angeles info and a lot of funky music videos that I really enjoy. The times article deals with the law of unintended consequences (one of the most powerful laws in the universe that few people ever think about) as related to passports and fathers who run out on their child support.
A great YouTube video of Luciano Pavarotti singing a duet with Bryan Adams. Shows just how weak the voices of the mega rock stars are when compared to someone who really has a voice.
This site has a great chart of all the lab result conversion factors. Most medical papers are starting to use the Systeme Internationale (SI) units when discussing lab values. Here in America we still use US units, which, as far as I’m concerned, are the ‘real’ units. When I was in my training all the hospitals used US units except for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which, inexplicably, had gone metric, at least in terms of temperatures. When I would get called about a sick kid the nurse would always give the the kid’s temp in Centigrade, as in 38 degrees. I would always say, what’s the kids temp in real degrees? (answer 100.4). I still have to convert when I’m given a temp in Centigrade – I just don’t have a feel for it the way I do for Farenheit. In fact, here is a temperature conversion calculator that I use.
If you want to make your workouts more fun and if you’re female, here is a blog post for you. My friend Adam Campbell at Men’s Health writes about an exercise that strengthens the core and provides an unexpected and welcome benefit for many women who perform it (it’s called the Corgasm, so that should give you a clue). I encouraged MD to try it without telling her what the ‘other’ consequences might be. I was curious. But, alas for her, despite being able to do several slow reps (I could do only two) all she got was a strenuous core workout. Remember, do it slowly.
I’ll let Dr. Hotze do some of the heaving lifting on the subject of L-glutamine and GI health. MD and I have had remarkable results giving patients with severe GI diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis with large doses of L-glutamine.
Loren Cordain has a nice piece on grass fed beef. As is typical of Loren, who is extremely interested in fatty acid content of everything, has the fatty acid breakdown laid out.
Chris Masterjohn, who I believe is a reader of this blog, has a great site on cholesterol. Learn everything you need to know on this site. It’s written from a low-carb perspective, so you won’t find the all-too-typical advice to cut the fat in your diet. Enjoy.
And finally a little fun. In the below YouTube a potential victim of a medical study gets scammed.